The word “Sportback” must be getting tired with all the heavy lifting it’s been doing this decade. The latest new thing it means is “somewhat coupey, somewhat hatchey, addition to the Q5 line-up.” I guess it does sound better than that.
Shortly following the Q5’s facelift, Audi has revealed the new for 2021 model, which is, as you’d expect, a Q5 with some of the cut off. The Q5 Sportback follows in the recent but rich tradition of the e-tron Sportback, the Q8, the X4, X6, the GLC Coupe, and so on and so forth.
The Q5, therefore, gets the same engines as the regular Q5 (a choice of 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 260-odd hp or a 3.0-liter V6 making 350-ish hp). The only difference is that Audi won’t be offering the Q5 Sportback as a plug-in hybrid.
It will get an air suspension that can apparently change its height by up to two and a half inched. You’ll achieve that through a 10.1-inch infotainment screen running Audi’s latest MIB3 software. Wireless Apple CarPlay comes standard, which is a nice touch.
Rear passengers will be a little more cramped than they were before, but Audi promises plenty of space for adults.
The SUV’s marquee feature will probably be the OLED headlights and taillights which allow designers to change up the lights’ design based on trim.